LOOPS IN DA YOOP

TDY Challenge 

TDY’s Challenge is for you to ultimately complete all 10 sections of our course.

We realize not everyone wants to ride 10 straight days, so we have come up with Loops or Pick Your Days to help you complete the course over time.

No matter how long it takes you, 1 year, 3 years, 10 years, we simply want you to ride and enjoy all that the Yoop has to offer.

Just complete it.

TDY Members

When you register to ride with Tour Da Yoop, you automatically become a member.

  • Members will have access to download their rides, keep track of the sections they’ve completed, chat with other TDY riders and much more.
  • Members of TDY that complete all 10 sections are eligible for our “Plaid Finisher’s Jersey”.   Aside from James, the course creator, no one else has completed all 10 sections.
  • Who will get the next Plaid Finisher’s Jersey?  Will it be you??

*Plaid Finisher’s Jersey must be purchased through TDY.

4 Day Loop Rides

Our Loops are 4 day rides that complete 3 sections of the course
and give you a route back to your starting point.

Meet up with other TDY riders and knock out 3 sections in one swoop.

Porkies Loop

Saturday, August 17 thru Tuesday, August 20

Paradise Loop

Wednesday , August 21 thru Saturday, August 24

Our Porkies Loop coincides with the TDY schedule, giving you 3 days of riding with other TDY riders and a route back to your car on the 4th day.

This is our most challenging ride of the loops, you will ride a whopping 489 miles in 4 days with an elevation gain of 15,554.  This is truly a challenging course.

Our Paradise Loop coincides with the TDY schedule.
On your first day you will ride from Manistique to Grand Marais, where you will meet up with the other TDY riders.
The next 3 days you will ride the last 3 sections of the course.

You will ride 404 miles in 4 days with an elevation gain of 5,605.

Saturday, August 17th

Section 3 of TDY
Iron Mountain to Ironwood
131 Miles

Sunday, August 18th

Section 4 of TDY
Ironwood to Houghton
122 Miles

Monday, August 19th

Section 5 of TDY
Copper Harbor Loop
116 Miles

Tuesday, August 20th

FUN DAY OF RIDING BACK TO YOUR VEHICLE
Houghton to Iron Mountain
70 Miles

Wednesday, August 21st

FUN DAY OF RIDING TO MEET THE OTHER TDY RIDERS
Manistique to Grand Marais
65 Miles

Thursday, August 22nd

Section 8 of TDY
Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie
114 Miles

Friday, August 23rd

Section 9 of TDY
Sault Ste. Marie to St. Ignace
119 Miles

Saturday, August 24th

Section 10 of TDY – LAST DAY OF TDY 2019
St. Ignace to Manistique
104 Miles

Enjoy the “Cyclebration” party on Saturday, August 24 in
Manistique after the ride is complete

Section 3
Iron Mountain to Ironwood
Difficulty Level 10
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Total Miles: 130.47
Elevation Gain: 5,745 ft
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  • Longest of the rides, excellent hills throughout
  • Possibly Michigan’s first roundabout in Alpha
  • Seemingly private roads for long stretches at a time
  • All effort steep climb toward the end

1st Day of Riding
Manistique to Grand Marais
Difficulty Level 4
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Total Miles: 65
Elevation Gain: 899ft
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  • Starting in Manistique and heading north to Grand Marais
  • Easiest of all rides, at 65 miles
  • Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Yoop

Section 4
Ironwood to Houghton/Hancock
Difficulty Level 6
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Total Miles: 122.08
Elevation Gain: 3,770 ft
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  • Quick and flat exit out of town
  • Nothing but wilderness from Wakefield for at least 40 miles
  • Long climbs in the Porkies
  • Large rolling hills and then fast steep decline into Houghton

Section 8
Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie
Difficulty Level 9
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Total Miles: 114
Elevation Gain: 2,375 ft
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  • Starting in Deer Park east of Grand Marais to avoid soft gravel
  • Strong climb to Oswald’s Bear Ranch
  • Then fast ride to Paradise followed by amazing lake views
  • Excellent entry into the Soo along the locks

Section 5
Copper Harbor Loop
Difficulty Level 5
Monday, August 19, 2019

Total Miles: 116.45
Elevation Gain: 3,661 ft
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  • Wonderful combination of hills and flats along the lakeshore
  • Wonderful history throughout the ride
  • Could be at the mercy of Lake Superior on the way back to Hancock
  • Fast and easy finish after Lake Linden

Section 9
Sault Ste Marie to St. Ignace
Difficulty Level 4
Friday, August 23, 2019

Total Miles: 118.56
Elevation Gain: 1,991 ft
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  • Fast exit out of town
  • Small gravel section around mile 14
  • Mostly flat, but at the mercy of the wind, more open ride than others
  • Excellent views of St. Mary’s River and then Lake Michigan

Day 4
Houghton to Iron Mountain
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ride Back To Starting Point

 

Total Miles: 70
Elevation Gain: 3,945 ft
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  • Tough immediate club out of Houghton
  • Fast rolling gradual decline to Lance
  • Scenic 20 mile climb
  • 70 beautiful miles of riding

Section 10 – FINISH
St. Ignace to Manistique
Difficulty Level 2
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Total Miles: 103.68
Elevation Gain: 1,476 ft
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  • Perfect finish to the race – mostly quiet beautiful roads
  • Couple of US2 sections
  • Small (couple mile) scenic gravel section near Gulliver
  • Fast finish along lakeshore into downtown Manistique

Starting / finishing in Manistique gives riders the option to enjoy a day or two in Munising before or after your ride.  We have a beautiful bike route to Munising or it is a short 45 minute car ride.  Visit some of the most beautiful pictured rocks in the world, see some lighthouses or simply enjoy the quaint town of Munising.

Pricing

The earlier you register,
the more you save

Register Before June 15    $450
June 16 or later            $550

Riders Receive

  • Tour Da Yoop, Eh Rider Jersey *SEE FITTING GUIDE BELOW

  • Luggage Bag Drop-Off/Pick-Up At Select Hotels

  • Feed & Hydration Bag Drop-Off During Each Section

  • Discounts at Partnering Hotels and Local Businesses

  • SAG Support

Support

General Information

Support

SAG Support will be provided by TDY.  If something happens to your bike we will do our best to fix it.  If your bike is not rideable, we will have support bring you to the next stop. We won’t leave you stranded in the middle of the U.P.   

Feed / Hydration Stations

Feed/Hydration stations will be located approximately ½ way through each section. We will bring any food/drinks you have to the stations for you

Luggage Pick Up & Drop Off

We are moving daily, luggage/bag pick up and drop off is available to all Riders.  There were will be designated pick up and drop off locations at each overnight stop. More info on exact locations coming soon.

How Do I get Back To My Car?

All package rides take you back to the spot you started.  

If you are picking your sections (not riding one of the packages), we encourage you to use the cycling community and help each other out to get back to your cars.  That being said, if you are truly without a way to get back to your car, we will get you there somehow.

Packet Pick Up

All riders must check in the night before their first section or between 9am and 10 am on the day of their first section. Each section’s check in location TBA.

Daily Start Times

9 am

Helmets

Helmets must be worn at all times while participating in Challenge of Da Yoop.

SAG Support

We will provide SAG support throughout the entire ride.

Feed / Hydration Stations

Feed/Hydration stations will be located approximately ½ way through each section. We will bring any food/drinks you have to the stations for you.

First Aid

First Aid equipment will be located at all start lines food stations and finish lines.

Luggage/Bag Pick Up & Drop Off

One less thing for you to worry about.  We will provide luggage pick up and drop off to select hotels for each section.  We will supply you with luggage tags that you  All luggage will be dropped off before you finish the days ride.

Weather

Event will be held rain or shine. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has beautiful weather in August, but be prepared for some chilly nights too.

Bike Safety

Although we will be in areas with very little crime, we still encourage you to lock up your bikes. Leave them in your room or lock them on your car, whatever is best for you. Tour Da Yoop is not responsible for any lost or stolen equipment, clothing or any other items.

NO LITTERING

Be respectful of our beautiful Upper Peninsula. You may leave wrappers and trash at each feeding station, but you may NOT just drop it as you are riding.

Coming in 2020

Hermanville

Paul Bunyan

Jersey Fitting Guide

Chest
Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the measuring tape at the fullest part of your chest/bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement. Make sure your measuring tape is level around your body. This can be hard so we recommend measuring in front of a mirror.

Waist
Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the measuring tape to circle your waist at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage (if you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline). Don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement.